Sunday 20 January 2019

Killeen puts Clontarf on road to glory

 

Bridín Tierney of Emmet Óg in action against Sarah Fagan of Clontarf. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Bridín Tierney of Emmet Óg in action against Sarah Fagan of Clontarf. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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For manager Mick Cronin, it was a dream come true to see Clontarf become the first Dublin team to win the ladies All-Ireland intermediate club title.

Republic of Ireland and Dublin star Siobhan Killeen scored 5-4 in a 27-point win over Emmet Óg at Parnell Park.

Marion McCarville of Emmet Óg in action against Tara Fitzgibbon of Clontarf. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Marion McCarville of Emmet Óg in action against Tara Fitzgibbon of Clontarf. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Clontarf took a 3-4 to 1-4 lead into half-time, but didn't sit back on their advantage as Emmet Óg failed to become the first Monaghan winners since Emyvale in 2008.

"In my wildest dreams I didn't think we'd win by the score we won by, or perform like we did," said Cronin.

"The second-half performance was absolutely outstanding. It's a great credit to them and the work they've put in over the last number of years."

Once Killeen scored the first Clontarf goal in the third minute Emmet Óg were always chasing the game.

Marion McCarville of Emmet Óg in action against Tara Fitzgibbon of Clontarf. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Marion McCarville of Emmet Óg in action against Tara Fitzgibbon of Clontarf. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Tara Fitzgibbon and Killeen scored goals either side of Chloe McBride's effort for a comfortable lead at the interval.

Clontarf were looking to be successful where Dublin's Thomas Davis and St Brigid's had failed in the past. Caoimhe O'Connor and Caroline Roban added further goals, but Killeen twice hit the net after half-time.

It was a harsh scoreline for Emmet Óg to take, but manager Gerry Treanor knows they will be back again.

"We're still very proud of ourselves. We're county champions, we're Ulster champions," said Treanor.

Siobhán Killeen of Clontarf shoots to score her side's third goal despite the attention of Áine McQuaid of Emmet Óg. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Siobhán Killeen of Clontarf shoots to score her side's third goal despite the attention of Áine McQuaid of Emmet Óg. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

"We'll have to get back to the drawing board again, but we're in a place we never thought we'd be at the start of the year.

"Although we're disappointed in the performance, we're still the second-best team in Ireland. That's not too bad."

Scorers - Clontarf: S Killeen 5-4 (2f), T Fitzgibbon 1-2, C O'Connor 1-1 (1f), S Fagan 0-3,C Roban 1-0, F Skelly 0-2, N Hetherton, M Mohan 0-1 each Emmet Óg: E McCarron, C McBride 1-1 each, L Boylan 0-2, B Tierney 0-1

Aoibhe Bell of Clontarf in action against Rebecca Hughes of Emmet Óg. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Aoibhe Bell of Clontarf in action against Rebecca Hughes of Emmet Óg. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Clontarf - C O'Connor; G Reilly, K Murray, H Bolger; B Walsh, K Fitzgibbon, H McLaughlin; S Fagan, N Hetherton; F Skelly, T Fitzgibbon, E Plunkett; A Bell, C O'Connor, S Killeen Subs: S Murphy for Plunkett (39), S Quigley for Bell (46), C Dunlea for Reilly (52), M Mohan for T Fitzgibbon (53), C Roban for Bolger (56)

Emmet Óg - D Morgan; R Hughes, A McQuaid, N Rooney; A Newell, M McCarville, K Nolan; B Tierney, E Daly; E Leonard, E McCarron, M Monaghan; C McBride, L Boylan, F Monaghan Subs: C McMenamin for Nolan (23), M Newell for Leonard (41), G McCluskey for F Monaghan, O Gleeson for McCarron, L Monaghan for McQuaid (all 55)

Ref - S Mulvihill (Kerry)

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